Mike Dillon (musician)

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Mike Dillon
Mike "Tree Frog" Dillon
Mike "Tree Frog" Dillon
Background information
OriginTexas / Kansas City / New Orleans
Instrument(s)Percussion, vibraphone, drums
LabelsHyena, Indie, Ropeadope

Mike Dillon (a.k.a. Mike D) is an American percussionist, vibraphonist, bandleader, and vocalist born in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of Critters Buggin, Les Claypool's Fancy Band and Garage A Trois. He has performed with many musicians including Ani DiFranco, Galactic, Brave Combo, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Marco Benevento, Claude Coleman Jr., and New Orleans musicians Kevin O'Day, Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton.

Dillon's love of playing percussion was born out of his love for the band Rush as a teenager.[1] He originally performed in the 80's with local Dallas and Denton favorites Ten Hands. At the time, he was a casual drug user. Later when he led the 1990s Dallas-based Billy Goat, he and his girlfriend (who he later married) became heroin addicts who began missing gigs and eventually were "on the verge of death". The band's management sent him to rehab, but he "only lasted three days". In the late 1990s, Billy Goat disbanded and he performed in the Kansas City-based Malachy Papers and the Austin-based Hairy Apes BMX (HABMX). Dillon quit heroin in 2000, and split with his wife around that time.

In 2006, Dillon started a funky project "Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle" which included members of Billy Goat, drummer Go-Go Ray, and bassist, J.J. Jungle. The live Go-Go Jungle also performs songs from Dillon's prior projects. They released their second CD entitled Rock Star Bench Press in 2009.

Dillon contributed the majority of compositions to Garage A Trois' Power Patriot CD released in 2009.

Dillon and saxophonist Skerik perform as a trio called "The Dead Kenny G's" with alternate third members. National tours have included keyboardist Brian Haas and bassist Brad Houser. With Houser they have also toured as "Critters Buggin Trio". They released a CD entitled Bewildered Herd in 2009.[2] As a trio with bassist James Singleton, Dillon and Skerik have toured as "Illuminasti" and as a trio with Les Claypool they have been billed as "The Fancy Trio".

Dillon is married to artist Peregrine Honig, whom he resides with in Kansas City and New Orleans, but a busy touring schedule keeps him on the road much of the time.[3]


  • Black Frames Solarallergy (2002)
  • Mike Dillon (2003)
  • Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle Battery Milk (2007)
  • The Dead Kenny G's Bewildered Herd (2009)
  • Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle Rock Star Bench Press (2009)
  • Mike Dillon and Earl Harvin People Gardens (2010 – recorded 2005)
  • The Dead Kenny G's Operation Long Leash (2011)
  • Mike Dillon Urn (2012)
  • The Dead Kenny G's Gorelick (2012)
  • DVS [Mike Dillon, Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton] "Bones"
  • Mike Dillon Band of Outsider (2014)
  • Nolatet "Dogs" (2016)
  • Mike Dillon Functioning Broke (2016)
  • Mike Dillon Life is Not a Football (2017)
  • Nolatet No Revenge Necessary (2018)
  • Mike Dillon Bonobo (2018)
  • Mike Dillon Roseweood (2019)
  • Mike Dillon & Punkadelic Shoot the Moon (2020)
  • Mike Dillon & The Bad Decisions Suitcase Man (2020)
  • Mike Dillon 1918 (2020)

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  1. ^ "Dopey 290: Those Dopey Vibes with Mike Dillon".
  2. ^ Tom D'Antoni Dead Kenny G's at the Goodfoot with David Ornette Cherry Archived November 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine oregonmusicnews.com, October 20, 2009
  3. ^ Keith Spera Garage A Trois ranges from lounge jazz to prog-rock on a new CD nola.com, November 13, 2009

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